Friday, February 25, 2011

My First Doll Quilt - Ticker Tape!

Sophi’s 5th birthday is this week.  I finished one of her presents and just couldn’t wait for the date - had to give it to her early.  
I found this tutorial on Sew Mamma Sew for a ticker tape doll quilt and fell in love!  I knew immediately I had to make one for Sophia!
I have to say the process was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!  Especially since my dear hubby got me this wonderful WALKING FOOT for my sewing machine.  OH MY GOODNESS!  How did I ever sew without one?
If you are toying with the idea of getting one for yourself, can I just give you a nudge on over the edge?!?!  It is a marvelous creation - and makes for some marvelous creating!  

This baby whips over quilting layers like a dream - no pulling or puckering!  
If you do decide to get a walking foot and you have a Janome, here is a great tutorial about how to attach it to your machine.  (There aren’t instructions on the foot’s box.)
Sophia loves the little quilt.  She immediately put it to work warming up all her dolls!
Nothing like being wrapped up in “Mama’s” love and a snuggily quilt!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Red Square

A couple of weeks ago, our family made a trip to Moscow.  
We visit about once a month - hitting Ashan (like a Super Walmart) and Ikea and, if I’m lucky, Starbuck’s in a feverish shopping binge that always leaves us feeling full but a little guilty and a lot let down.
This visit I was determined to not get caught in the shopping mania.  It was to be a cultural trip.
We took Sophi to Red Square.

I love Red Square.  
I’ve been there a million times.  Every time I pinch myself. 

Sophia felt it, too.

Red Square is the fairy tale of “Old Muscovy.”  It is Ivan the Terrible and Nicholas II.  It is Lenin and Stalin.  
It is as big and wide as Russia and her history.  
It is mostly empty - waiting to be filled with whatever Russians imagine - whatever can be.
It is sprinkled with tourists.  Most of them Russians, like the one middle-aged woman who ran to Red Square during the couple of hours she had between trains.  She stopped us and asked Anton to please take her photo with her camera.  
“What do you want in the picture?” he asked her.

“It doesn’t matter,” she answered, a little embarrassed, 
“I just want to show I was on Red Square.”
As we walked away, Anton turned to me.  
              “They still want to come here.  That’s good.”

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